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Spy Chiefs Say Cooperation Should Begin at the Bottom

Three of the nation’s top spymasters in the Bush administration told a meeting of satellite builders on Wednesday that the way to defend the United States against terrorist attacks was not to reshuffle the top management but to improve cooperation among rank-and-file analysts, spies, investigators and military officers. “Speed and agility are the key to the war on terrorism, not more levels of bureaucracy in Washington,” said George J. Tenet, who resigned as director of central intelligence in July, after seven years in the post. “We must not create another layer of bureaucracy between the head of American intelligence and the people doing the work.” The comments by Mr. Tenet, as well as Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the National Security Agency, which monitors global communications, and Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which coordinates satellite-based monitoring and mapping for the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and other agencies, came at a rare joint public appearance at an industry conference here. Full Story

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